Ministry Director: Mrs Rose Graves
Parents to Understand Their Responsibility. The father and the mother should be the first teachers of their children.
Fathers and mothers need to understand their responsibility. The world is full of snares for the feet of the young. Multitudes are attracted by a life of selfish and sensual pleasure. They cannot discern the hidden dangers or the fearful ending of the path that seems to them the way of happiness. through the indulgence of appetite and passion, their energies are wasted, and millions are ruined for this world and for the world to come. Parents should remember that their children must encounter these temptations. Even before the birth of the child, the preparation should begin that will enable it to fight successfully the battle against evil.
More than human wisdom is needed by parents at every step, that they may understand how best to educate their children for a useful, happy life here, and for higher service and greater joy hereafter.
Education Begins With the Infant._ The word “education” means more than a course of study at a college. Education begins with the infant in its mother’s arms. While the mother is molding and fashioning the character of her children, she is education them.
Parents send their children to school; and when they have done this, they think they have educated them. but education is a matter of greater breadth than many realize; it comprises the whole process by which the child is instructed from babyhood to childhood, from childhood to youth, and from youth to manhood. As soon as a child is capable of forming an idea, his education should begin.
Ellen White. Child Guidance. Pgs 17, 26.